Working remotely is more common than it used to be. Many companies have implanted this policy throughout a couple of years and designers, engineers and manufacturers are some of the positions that have transitioned into this way of working. In this 3D printing Tech Tip, we go over GrabCAD Workbench and how to use it to coordinate and monitor your printing jobs remotely.
What is GrabCAD Workbench?
GrabCAD Workbench is a free cloud-based collaboration tool where members of multiple teams can stay connected from anywhere in the world. Different roles such as owner, collaborator and viewer can be assigned to each person to make sure everyone is connected and informed on the project status.
Here’s how to start your project in GrabCAD Workbench:
- Go to your web browser and enter GrabCAD.com
- Log into your GrabCAD Print account
- Select Workbench from the drop-down menu
- Start your project and import your files
GrabCAD Workbench Features
Cloud Connection: GrabCAD Workbench works with the most popular CAD file formats, and you won’t have to export the different versions of your models. You can manipulate designs as you would normally in any CAD program. The tool includes features such as version controls and section views to manage different planes and update your design as needed. Anyone involved in your project can access the files through the browser even if they don’t own a CAD software license. All they need is a good internet connection and they can enter the software from different mobile devices.
Desktop Application: In addition to working on the cloud, GrabCAD Workbench has a desktop application that can be uploaded to and downloaded from the cloud for those who feel more comfortable working offline. You can create different versions of your files and keep control of what has been updated, deleted or restored.
Comment Section: Stay in touch with your teammates and exchange ideas, provide directions and updates on your designs as a team. With this feature you can avoid long e-mail chains and miscommunications as you all work together on your projects.
See more details and features in our Video Tech Tip below.
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